Ohio’s EMS agencies and providers, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is asking for your help. Ohio is in the midst of a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A. Since January 5, 2018 to present, there have been 1,931 cases identified within Ohio. Historically, Ohio has seen about 40 cases per year. As response partners, ODH wants to ensure you are aware of this outbreak.
As providers of emergency medical services, your agency may serve populations most at risk. Individuals most at risk for hepatitis A in this outbreak include:
Below, find current educational materials on hepatitis A.
ODH Hepatitis A website and CDC Hepatitis A website respectively:
The information provided should be used to protect Ohio’s EMS providers. It should also be used to provide assistance in fighting the outbreak through the activities listed below:
Please contact your local public health department or the Ohio Department of Health for additional information on the hepatitis A outbreak.